Angel Vine is committed to producing premium Washington Zinfandel and Primitivo wines that show character, individuality, and spunk. We believe in sustainable vineyard and winery practices and are active participants in LIVE.
Located in Washington State, to the southeast of the town of Walla Walla, and is situated on "the foothills" (Les Collines) of the Blue Mountains contiguous with the Washington - Oregon border.
- We strive to create bright, fruit-forward wines that show their Pacific Northwest lineage.
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Washington has a long history of growing hot climate winegrapes but Zinfandel has been planted in only a handful of vineyards (State reports show only 62 acres of Zinfandel are planted!). When the opportunity to purchase some Walla Walla grown Zinfandel arose in 2006, the game was on. A plan was set in motion to blaze a new trail and produce Zinfandel and Primitivo wines sourced from premier Washington vineyards.
After much research we've located a selection of Washington grapegrowers who have both a passion for Zinfandel and sites capable of growing superior fruit. At harvest, the grapes are picked early in the morning and immediately brought to the winery. We handcraft our wines using modern viticulture practices combined with traditional winemaking techniques in Carlton, OR.
The notoriety from winning 5 medals at the San Francisco Chronicle & Dallas Morning News wine competitions brought a challenge we didn't anticipate. Another winery claimed a trademark dispute and challenged our use of the brand name, Three Angels. After accepting advice from legal counsel and a review of the economic considerations, we decided the best alternative was to change our brand name. It was a struggle, similar to renaming your child, but we ultimately wanted to keep as much of our identity as possible. Before long we decided our new name would be Angel Vine. The name has changed but our products and the people behind them have only been bettered.
Estate Vineyards / AVA
The vineyard is located in Washington State, to the southeast of the town of Walla Walla, and is situated on "the foothills" (Les Collines) of the Blue Mountains contiguous with the Washington - Oregon border. About 15 million years ago the region experienced cataclysmic volcanic activity creating basalt bedrock from lava flows. Following the retreat of the glaciers approximately 10,000 - 15,000 years ago, the colossal Missoula floods deposited an eclectic combination of soils in the Walla Walla Valley. Known by Native Americans as "many waters", Walla Walla is located at 46 degrees latitude. The long hot summer days and short cool nights produce Zinfandel with incredible flavor and distinction. The vineyard is certified as sustainable by The Vinea Trust and LIVE.
Avery Vineyard, Columbia Valley AVA
Located about 6 miles east of the Dalles, but on the Washington side of the Columbia River. Avery Vineyard lies at the mouth of the Gorge. The Zinfandel grown in this vineyard is greatly influenced by its southern exposure and the "wind tunnel" that split the Cascades at the Washington - Oregon border. Moist air from the Pacific Ocean is exchanged with drier inland air from the east creating conditions that are relatively warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Soils have been accumulated from wind, floods, volcanic eruptions, and landslides. Precipitation is about 10 inches a year in this area. These harsh conditions produce fruit with great structure and intense character.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Situated on the plateau that separates the Yakima River Valley to the north and the Columbia River Valley to the south, the vineyard is comprised of more than 1,200 acres. Topography (south sloping dry plains), wind, temperatures (arid and hot), and the lack of rainfall (< 9 inches annually) create ideal conditions for growing the Primitivo grape. The vines at this site produce wines with a bold and forward identity. The vineyard is owned and farmed by the Andrews Family.
StoneTree Vineyard, Wahluke Slope AVA
On a southfacing slope of the Saddle Mountains, above the Columbia River lies this 250 acre vineyard. The Wahluke Slope (pronounced WAH-luke) is amoung Washington's warmer sites, easily exceeding 3,200 heat units per year. The vineyard was named for the petrified trees found at the site. Growing conditions include desert-like sunshine, only about 7.5 inches of rain annually, and soils comprised of caliche (a calcium carbonate/rock aggregate), glacial outwash and wind blown sands. Zinfandel, Primitivo, and Petite Sirah are sourced from this site begining with the 2008 vintage.
Alder Ridge, Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Situated 15 miles west of the small town of Patterson, Washington, Alder Ridge is set atop a series of arid, sparsely vegetated ridges that shoot up nearly 1,000 feet at their highest point above the great Columbia River below. This hot landscape receives just 5 inches of rain each year, on average, and it’s precisely this climate and the steep, south-facing slopes that make Alder Ridge the perfect spot for growing high quality wine grapes. The region received Horse Heaven Hills AVA certification in August 2005 and is now one of the most prestigious grape growing regions in Washington State.